There's plenty to worry about when it comes to the Cowboys these days.
They've lost two of their last three to put themselves at risk of falling way behind the NFC leaders before the second half of the season gets under way for every team in the league. Good players are injured, they make a cavalcade of errors in every game and the coaching remains a bit more scattered than anyone would like.
And now they have to go to Atlanta to play the undefeated Falcons.
Yikes, right? Maybe not. This may be just the thing to get the Cowboys to put their best foot forward.
The Cowboys have won their last three games against teams with a 7-0 record or better. They knocked off an 11-0 Redskins team in 1991, a 9-0 Colts team in 2006 and, most recently, they ended the Saints' run at an undefeated 2009 after 13 games.
Those last two games featured Tony Romo at quarterback for the Cowboys and he'll be there again on Sunday night. It's a strangely comfortable spot. You wouldn't expect to have much confidence left in Romo after his long list of disaster performances, but games like this tend to bring out good things in the Cowboys quarterback.
Romo was 19-of-23 in that win over the Colts, out dueling Peyton Manning, and he threw for 312 yards and a touchdown while beating Drew Brees three years ago. We could point out less successful performances in marquee games, but that would kinda go against the idea that the Cowboys should like the position they find themselves in this week.
The Cowboys should have won the games against the Ravens and Giants. Mistakes crushed them both times. If they can avoid mistakes on Sunday night, they could very easily run their streak as vanquisher of the undefeated to four games.
And it doesn't hurt that the Falcons might know that each of the first three teams on that list wound up winning the Super Bowl.